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Second Chance Pass (A Virgin River Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 23, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 358 customer reviews
Book 5 of 18 in the Virgin River Series

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Editorial Reviews


"The Virgin River books are so compelling-I instantly connected with the characters."

-#1 New York Times bestselling author

Debbie Macomber

"This book is an utter delight."

-RT Book Reviews on Moonlight Road

"Carr has hit her stride with this captivating series."
-Library Journal on the Virgin River series

"An intensely satisfying read. By turns humorous and gut-wrenchingly emotional, it won't soon be forgotten."
-RT Book Reviews on Paradise Valley --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Robyn Carr is a RITA® Award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty novels, including the critically acclaimed Virgin River series. Robyn and her husband live in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can visit Robyn Carr’s website at www.RobynCarr.com.


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Product Details

  • Series: A Virgin River Novel (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Reprint edition (March 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778329178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778329176
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I really like this series, and I even liked this book. However, of all the stories in the series, this was my least favorite. More than any of the other books, this one seemed really choppy. Only about half of the book was truly Vanni and Paul's story while the rest seemed liked separate short stories thrown together. I really enjoyed Joe and Nikki's side story, and I always like getting caught up with old favorites like Jack and Preacher, but this book as a whole didn't really flow into one main story as the others did. If you follow the series, then you should definitely read this and if you're new to the series start at the first book. I am still anxious for the next installment.
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***SPOILERS ABOUND!!*************

So far I've read the first 5 Virgin River novels in less than a week and what started out as an awesome series has taken a sharp turn on this one. Each book is about one couple from Virgin River, peppered with sub-plots and revisits of other couples. It may help to know the revisits of other couples are SOLELY so you can hear about how their babymaking goes. That's it. Once people get together in Virgin River the ONLY thing important about them is how many babies they can make.

Normally people in Virgin River, while being baby obsessed and really very nosy, are for the most part decent people. Second Chance Pass, the 5th book in the series, is the saga of Paul and Vanni. The two most self-centered and inconsiderate people in Virgin River. It's amazing how just generally awful these two people are.

Just two months after Vanni's husband Matt is killed in Iraq, she jumps into bed with his best friend Paul. This is totally believable, though, because as Vanni says she was pretty much widowed the day he left for Iraq. Wow. Talk about a downer for families with loved ones in the service.

About an hour after they have sex like high schoolers (just 6 weeks after she delivered a baby---go woman go!) they decide to get married and live HEA.
Unfortunately, Paul may or may not have knocked up his booty call, Terri, a few towns over. So he makes a few infrequent phone calls to Terri and purposely makes himself unavailable to her while she's bewildered at being pregnant. Oh no! How will self-centered Paul get on with nailing his dead best friend's wife AND be a barely-there father for his kid? Let's find out!

Vanni's got her own dilemma, too.
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Second Chance Pass is Book 5 in the amazing Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. If one goes online to check out any of Ms. Carr's books, they will find themselves awash in comments from devoted followers. Why the adulation? Because Ms. Carr delivers on a theme readers the world over, love. Brave military men and the women who love them who live to a code of honor, seemingly missing in today's gimme, gimme, entitlement era.

I love that this series provides new characters with their struggles while keeping us informed on the previous characters who inhabit tiny Virgin River, her fictional town in the Humboldt County redwoods. I can't wait to read more about Jack Sheridan and his nurse practitioner wife Mel and their growing family, or John Middletown, the gentle giant who captures Paige's heart. Or the rest of Jack's and Preacher's ex-Marine buddies. They're all here in Second Chance Pass, plus the stories of Paul Haggerty and his adoring bride Vanessa, Vanni's father, General Walt Booth and the retired movie-star neighbor, and architectural designer, Joe Benson who is instantly blown away on his first meeting with Vanni's girlfriend and maid of honor Nikki Jorgensen.

In Second Chance Pass, the reader will walk through the births of Mel's and Paige's babies, discover Paul's undying love for Vanni and her deceased husband, and cheer Joe Benson as he meets his match in petite Nikki. But can Nikki shed her apprehensions about Joe's sincerity after a night of mind-blowing sex? Is it just a fling or the real deal? Pick up a copy of Second Chance Pass and find out. You won't be disappointed. Robyn Carr's Virgin River is a series so heartwarming, you wish you could move there.
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Virgin River

Shelter Mountain

Whispering Rock

A Virgin River Christmas

Second Chance Pass

Temptation Ridge (March 2009)

Paradise Valley (April 2009)

Definitely read these in order. You can skip the Christmas book without losing the storyline, but it is a great story on it's own. My review will most benefit people who are familiar with the Virgin River series.

I was really looking forward to reuniting with the characters of the Virgin River series. After reading "Second Chance Pass", I'm having mixed feeling about reading the next book in the series. Half of this book was emotionally touching, fun, and powerful. The other half was painfully boring, repetitive, and pointless.

Here is what I would describe as "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" of it all:

"The Good":
All of the main characters from the first three books are present in some portion of "Second Chance Pass". After feeling disappointed about not hearing anything about Ricky and Christopher in the Christmas book, I was glad to see them both back even though they each played very small roles. Actually, Ricky and Jack have a short fishing scene, then a farewell as Ricky leaves for Iraq, that turned out to be one of the most emotionally charged points of the whole book. Excellent writing!

The main couple, Vanessa and Paul, had real substance. As the widow and the best friend off Matthew (killed in Iraq) they share a grief that never waivers. Even after admitting to Vanessa that he was in love with her, Paul looks to Matt's grave and towards heaven with a promise to "do right by her".
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